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RE: FEMA 350 & ANSI/AISC 358-05

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The use of AISC Seismic provisions should be triggered by the local
building code. However, FEMA 350 is not a code and cannot be adopted as
such. But at this time it is the only publication that has prequalified
moment connection design provisions and it should be used hand in hand
with the AISC Seismic.

We will soon have a new code for the prequalified moment connections,
which is the AISC 358-05, and is referenced by the 05 AISC Seismic
provisions. It will be a more clear cut solution once those are adopted.
But in the meantime, FEMA 350 is the de facto guideline, but one needs
to exercise caution in using it and not blindly follow everything that's
in there.

Ben Yousefi, SE
Santa Monica, CA


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Johnson [mailto:markajohn(--nospam--at)yahoo.com] 
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 4:01 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: fema 350

Does anyone have guidance as to when you use AISC, including Seismic
Provisions 
or use FEMA 350?  (assuming both are acceptable to the governing
building department)

TIA
MJ



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